Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Tablet shipments below lofty expectations, says IDC — Global tablet shipments in the first quarter fell 28 percent from the fourth quarter and failed to hit expectations, according to research firm IDC. — Specifically, tablet shipments were 7.2 million units worldwide.
Discussion: Business Wire, VentureBeat, Shiny Objects, VatorNews, PC World, eHomeUpgrade, eWeek and The Loop
Business Wire: Media Tablet Sales Lag Optimistic First Quarter Targets, But Forecast Remains Strong, According to IDC
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat: IDC: Tablet sales slow, Nook Color ousts Kindle as lead ereader
Brian Caulfield / Shiny Objects: Sales Dip Hints Media Tablets Won't Replace PCs Any Time Soon
Faith Merino / VatorNews: IDC: tablet sales to reach 53.5M units in 2011
Agam Shah / PC World: IDC Raises Tablet Shipment Forecast for the Year
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: Demand for Tablets Not Quite As Strong As Recent Media Hype Suggests, Says IDC
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek: Apple iPad, Android Will Power Tablet Shipments in 2011: IDC
Peter Cohen / The Loop: IDC: iPad still leads tablet market, which lags overall
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent: IDC: Nook Color Leading E-Reader Sales For First Time Ever, As Tablets Lag
Apple could test limited iTunes HD+ 1080p movie service — Apple as early as this fall may choose to test the waters for 1080p video sales through its ubiquitous iTunes service, AppleInsider has been advised. — Thus far, 1080p HD content has largely eluded users of Apple products …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Electronista, SlashGear, MacStories, MacRumors, Ars Technica, Neowin.net, iClarified, T3.com News and Webomatica
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat: Apple may add 1080p movies to iTunes store
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica: Rumor: iTunes movies, Apple TV going 1080p this fall
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Rumor: Apple could offer 1080p movie downloads on iTunes
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica: On 1080p iTunes Content
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week — The Twitterverse was in a flurry this week, as early adopters and tech enthusiasts excitedly dissected Google's brand new social network, Google+. — According to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's …
Discussion: @andrewlitvak, @antderosa, WebProNews, L.A. Times Tech Blog, SocialTimes.com and Journalism.org
Andrew Litvak / @andrewlitvak: And probably 90% of conversations *on* Google+ RT @Techmeme: Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week http://tnw.co/nVH6oR
Anthony De Rosa / @antderosa: Techo chamber RT @Techmeme: Google+ accounted for 35% of Tweeted news links last week (@cbm) http://tnw.co/nVH6oR
Josh Wolford / WebProNews: Google+ Dominated The Twitterverse Last Week
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Google+ tops Twitter's shared news items, Pew says
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google To Buy Mobile Loyalty Card Startup Punchd — We've just gotten word that that Google plans on acquiring digital loyalty card service Punchd. The team, which consists of developers Reed Morse, Xander Pollock and Niket Desai (and formerly Grantland Chew), will most likely still …
Discussion: Digital Trends and MacNN
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Oracle win would strain Android growth — Oracle is reportedly already asking handset makers to pay as much as $20 per Android phone — Will handset makers maintain their dedication to Android if they have to pay to license it? That's the question experts following Google's battle …
Discussion: Beyond Search, CNET News and GigaOM
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Why Patents Are the Tech Homecoming King and Queen
Jay Greene / CNET News: Oracle and Microsoft could cash in big on Android
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle fights to keep its Java patent claims alive
Oracle fights to keep its Java patent claims alive
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog, InfoWorld and CNET News, Thanks:fosspatents
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog: Can Oracle collect on Android too?
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld: Oracle disputes patent office ruling
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News: Oracle might seek fees from Android handset makers
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Heads Up! TechCrunch Will Look A Little Different Next Week — Next week we'll be rolling out significant enhancements to TechCrunch. A new design and a new logo will be the first thing you'll notice. But behind the scenes we've made significant changes to the other end of TechCrunch as well …
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Next Web and MobileCrunch
John Biggs / CrunchGear: CrunchGear Is Headed To TechCrunch/Gadgets
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web: TechCrunch to fold CrunchGear, MobileCrunch into its main domain
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch: MobileCrunch Is Moving, But Just Down The Block
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mac OS X Lion: This Is Not the Future We Were Hoping For — It breaks my heart to say this, but Mac OSX Lion's interface feels like a failure. Its stated mission was to simplify the operating system, to unify it with the clean experience of iOS. That didn't happen.
Discussion: parislemon and 9to5Mac, Thanks:gizmodo
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's How Spotify Plans To Invade the U.S., With Facebook's Help — Spotify should finally get to the U.S. this month. Then what? — We can get some sense by taking a look at the marketing materials the European music service is showing off to potential advertisers.
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider: Spotify Is Crazy To Think They'll Get 50 Million U.S. Users In A Year
Brenna Ehrlich / Mashable: Spotify To Rely On Facebook for U.S. Launch [REPORT]
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook: Spotify Ad Pitches Reveal More Details About Its Forthcoming US Facebook Integration
Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm: Leaked Spotify Presentation: 50 Million American Users in First Year
Emil Protalinski / TechSpot: Spotify expected to launch in the US next week
Steve Kovach / The Business Insider: LEAKED: Spotify's Plans For U.S. Domination
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog: Spotify plans to leverage Facebook for US launch
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat: Spotify might launch in the U.S. next week
Bruce Houghton / hypebot: Reports: Spotify Hopes To Launch In U.S. Next Week, Predicts 50M 1st Year Subscribers
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: Will Spotify Finally Make Its U.S. Debut?
Alexander Grundner / eHomeUpgrade: Spotify: U.S. Will Get the Rolls Royce Version at Launch
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac: Spotify launching next week in the US?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ads Will Get Harder To Ignore: “Promoted Tweets” Coming To Your Timeline This Summer — As Twitter raises even more money, it's getting more serious about making money. The service is set to start showing ads in users' “timelines” within the next month, following through on plans it has talked about for more than a year.
Tech experts exit White House — When President Barack Obama took office, he brought with him a pack of technology advocates with impressive résumés and ambitious visions. They wanted to improve the government through the use of Internet tools and iPhone apps and help shape communications policy to expand broadband.
Discussion: @dankaplan, @declanm, Gov 2.0 and Smart Mobs
Dan Kaplan / @dankaplan: This is the s**t that makes my liberal ass think libertarians aren't entirely crazy: “Tech experts exit the White House” http://t.co/MASfsPg
Declan McCullagh / @declanm: Vivek Kundra, whose nomination as Obama's CIO was applauded (http://t.co/LVJ4icw), has resigned (http://is.gd/dX9vIx) Anyone notice? #cnet
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0: As White House tech talent comes and goes, open government continues to grow globally
Judy Breck / Smart Mobs: Politico reports “Tech experts exit White House”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Starts Going After BitTorrent Sites — Historically the RIAA's litigation campaigns have focused mainly on individual file-sharers and P2P-software and services such as LimeWire. — Unlike their counterparts at the MPAA, BitTorrent sites have not been prime targets for the recording industry association's lawyers.
Discussion: TG Daily
Starr Keshet / TG Daily: RIAA declares war against Torrents
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix launches a new $7.99 DVD-by-mail plan — While streaming is all the rage these days, Netflix hasn't given up on DVDs entirely: The company has quietly launched a new page where users can sign up for an unlimited DVD-by-mail package that matches the $7.99 price of its unlimited streaming offering.
Andy Weir / Neowin.net:
New Zune-branded video streaming subscription coming to Xbox LIVE? — Xbox LIVE is no stranger to video content, offering a range of options to enjoy movies and TV, including third-party content via the likes of Netflix; partnerships with cable and satellite TV companies such as AT&T's U-Verse in the US …
Matt Hickey / The Daily: Subscription video streaming is on the way for console
Stephany Nunneley / VG247: Rumor - Zune Marketplace getting revamped as streaming video service on Xbox 360
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide.net: Zune branded subscription video coming soon?
Naked Security / Sophos:
Facebook scammers spread app pretending to be ‘Video Calling’ — As Paul Ducklin predicted only a few days ago, scams related to Facebook's launch of a video chat service powered by Skype are surfacing. — This particular scam doesn't use the actual Facebook video service as Paul has predicted …
Discussion: Techie Buzz, Shoutpedia, Between the Lines Blog and msnbc.com
Joel Fernandes / Techie Buzz: Scammers Take Advantage of Facebook Video Calling Service
Helen A.S. Popkin / msnbc.com: Let the Facebook video chat fear mongering begin!
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Surpasses Myspace For U.S. Visitors To Become No. 2 Social Network; Twitter Not Far Behind — Professional social network Linkedin surpassed Myspace in terms of traffic to become the No. 2 most visited social networking site in the U.S. in June. LinkedIn, which has seen a resurgence …
Discussion: Digitizor, Neowin.net and Marketing Pilgrim
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Labs Launches ‘Web Activities’ Experiment, Lets Web Apps Talk To Each Other — Mozilla has just posted an update to its Labs blog, where it shows off some of the new projects that it's been working on (which sometimes serve as previews of features that eventually get baked into Firefox or open web technologies).
Discussion: Mozilla Labs, Technologizer and Softpedia News
Tom Krazit / mocoNews:
Latest Android Stats: More Using Version From 2009 Than Using Tablets — Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has updated the dashboard that tracks all the different installed versions of Android out in the wild, and two things are clear: fragmentation continues to be a problem although things are settling down …
Discussion: Examiner, AndroidGuys, IntoMobile, Digital Trends and Softpedia News
Andrew Gomez / AndroidGuys: Updated Pie Chart on Android Developers Shows Gingerbread Growth, Honeycomb Struggling
Jeffrey Van Camp / Digital Trends: Android 2.3 Gingerbread finally gaining on 2.2 Froyo while Honeycomb stagnates
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple snags 50% of handset industry profits ahead of first 100M iPhone year — In less than four years, Apple went from not making a dime on handset sales to commanding approximately half of the industry's profits, and is now poised to set the bar even higher by shipping 100 million iPhones over a 12-month span, financial experts say.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD: Tablet of Choice for Android Users: The iPad
John Callaham / Neowin.net: Analyst: Apple now has 50 percent of total smartphone earnings
Peter Pachal / PC Magazine: Poll: What Feature Do You Want to See Most in iPhone 5?
Sam Churchill / dailywireless.org: Apple: Global Domination?
Zach Epstein / BGR: Canaccord: iPhone 4, DROID Charge, Infuse 4G among most popular smartphones in June
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web: Apple to field 415 million iOS devices by end of 2012
Phil Hornshaw / Appolicious Advisor: Study says one in three iPhone 4s is on Verizon
Roger Cheng / CNET News: Verizon accounts for a third of all U.S. iPhone 4s
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Anonymous leaks cache of sensitive security data from FBI contractor — Hacking group Anonymous has today released an archive containing what it claims to be private emails and databases of IRC Federal, a contractor that partners with the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Navy …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Bits, Zero Day Blog, @anonymousirc, msnbc.com and ZeroPaid.com
Casey Chan / Gizmodo: Anonymous Hacks FBI Contractors IRC Federal
Riva Richmond / Bits: AntiSec Hackers Hit F.B.I. Contractor
Stephen Chapman / Zero Day Blog: Anonymous releases private emails, government contracts, VPN credentials, and more
@anonymousirc: A wild release appears: http://bit.ly/p3Ar73 | Dismantling ircfederal.com | #F**kFBIFriday #AntiSec | Happy Hacker Independence Day!
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com: Anonymous claims hack on FBI partner site, shares databases
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter co-founder Ev Williams on Blogger & blogging's future — When the rumors of Google retiring the Picasa and Blogger brands hit the web last week, it sent me down memory lane. It made me think about blogging in general and how it had evolved. I wanted to write an Om Says newsletter …